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Popular Tourist Destinations and Attractions in Turkey

Turkey is truly where East meets West and it is precisely this mixture that makes travel in Turkey so interesting. The country remains an excellent vacation destination and one of our recommended best places to visit, it is likely that Turkey will be as inviting location in the future as it is today.

Turkey has 81 main cities for you to explore. From these you can plan your trip to iconic destinations. Every city has some unique characteristics, attractions and festivals. Turkey is a country of great diversity, in terms of both culture and economics. Big Turkish cities usually enjoy a more modern, western style culture and a wide array of economical options.

Turkey offers a wealth of different kinds of destinations to travelers. From the dome and minaret filled skyline of Istanbul to the Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts, from the beaches of Antalya and the Mediterranean seaside resorts to the misty mountains of Eastern Black Sea. So consider this list of some popular tourist destinations as just the start of a great holiday in Turkey.

Some Popular Tourist Destinations in Turkey


Welcome to the city of the past, the present and the future. Istanbul not only joins continents, it also joins cultures and people.


In an extraordinary meeting of nature’s artistic splendor and humankind’s resourcefulness, Cappadocia is one of those rare places that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime


Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, is important to diplomats, bureaucrats, lobbyists and military, and has some significant sights for visitors.


Come to Bursa, due south of Istanbul across the Sea of Marmara, for its beautiful mosques and other early Ottoman architecture, for its silk-filled bazaars, its thermal spa baths and hotels.


Welcome to the monumental city of Edirne, the city is located in Thrace part of the Marmara region of Turkey, also known as the happiness city.


Safranbolu is best known for its listing in 1994 on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its well preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture.

Archaeological Site of Troy

Troy was an ancient city situated in Asia Minor, northwest of modern Turkey. It is in the south of Dardanelles/Hellespont. Troy is the side where the Trojan War happened, mentioned in the Greek Epic Cycle and Iliad, which was written by Homers

Gallipoli Peninsula

This area is known for the war cemeteries and memorials for the Turkish and foreign soldiers killed during the Canakkale Sea and shore battles in 1915. There are sunken ships, trenches, castles, towers and hundreds of remains of the war.

Pergamon Ancient City

Pergamon was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, and it has been one the rare settlements that has survived several invasions and devastations over the ages, but reoccupied again on the merits of its strategic location. Its most remarkable monuments and buildings date as far back as 197-159 BC and include the Hellenistic Theater, the Trajaneum (Sanctuary of Trajan), and Atheneum (the Library).


Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores, Izmir, the pearl of the Aegean, is the third largest city in Turkey. With its 8.500 year history, fertile land, favorable climate, 629 km coastline, 300 sunny days a year, a sea that offers every shade of blue and the heritage left behind by the 32 civilizations it has been a home to, Izmir is ready for you to discover.

Ephesus and Kusadasi

Ephesus - The ruins of Ephesus is 18km away from Kusadasi and it is one of the best preserved ancient cities of the world. It was built by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists in the 10BC and it is a very important UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site. The city was famed for the nearby Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus is also an important place for Christians. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia Minor.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s incomparable natural wonder with the calcium cascade terraces of snow white stalactites and is known as 8th wonder of the World by Turkish people.


Situated by the Gulf of Antalya, the city of Antalya can be traced back in history as early as the 1st century BC when, as the legend has it, upon discovering this land, king Attalos II told his men that “this must be Heaven”. Today, tourists who come here from all the corners of the world say that only after seeing a sunset at Antalya can one say they have seen everything a man is allowed to see in a lifetime.


Today, Bodrum is one of the most important centers of trade, art and entertainment as it has been since centuries ago… This coastal town in which traditional and modern life go along hand in hand in an excellent harmony opens it arms for those who want to be acquainted with her and live her.


Konya, one of Turkey's oldest continuously inhabited cities. 5th largest city, the capital of the Seljuk Turks. One of the great cultural centers of Turkey during that period of cultural, political and religious growth. The striking green-tiled mausoleum of Mevlana (Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi founded a Sufi Order known in the West as the Whirling Dervishes,a great Turkish poet and mystic) is Konya's most famous building.

Black Sea Coast of Turkey

The Black Sea coast of Turkey is famous with its green forests, traditional wooden houses, extraordinary plateaus, also untouched beautiful beaches. The air is mild and the sea flows milky white to deep turquoise and black under storm clouds.

The Eastern Anatolia Region

Eastern Anatolia region is located in the east part of Turkey. It is the largest region of Turkey occupying 21% of the total area of the country. In the trails of history. Marked by some of the most striking examples of Turkish culture and architecture, presents visitors with a geography that begs to be seen. The historical treasures in the region carry the traces of layers of civilizations.

The Southeastern Anatolia Region

Southeastern Anatolia is just like a geography of colors, with its thousands of years civilizations and culture. The traces of thousands of years old civilizations, natural landscapes straight of postcards, and Southeast Turkey's warm human fabric, interwoven with the culture of the region. If you are enjoying full vacations, then the Southeastern Anatolia will be the perfect destination for you.


Welcome to Gaziantep, the magical stop of historical Silk Road, the masterly spirit of Turkey. Gaziantep is one of the great melting pots of civilization, so it isn't surprise that this city features incredible traditions, stunning history and so much more. It is the sixth largest Turkish city, one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia,


Steeped in history dating back to traces of countless human habitations, Diyarbakır is still a vibrant city with breathtaking cultural landscapes on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.


Welcome to Mardin, the shining city of Mesopotamia, the city where calls to prayer echo with church bell sounds, a timeless poetic city created by the delicate spirit of the mason's hands that give form to its stones. Time travel is not a dream. Mardin is one of the oldest cities of upper Mesopotamia, located in Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey.


The great pilgrimage city of Sanlıurfa in east Turkey is a fabulous place if you want to dive into Turkey's rich culture and heritage. This is said to be Biblical Ur, where the Prophet Abraham was born and from where he began his monotheistic teachings. The city was also ancient Edessa, the prize conquerors from Alexander the Great onwards fought over to win.

Adiyaman and Mount Nemrut

Adiyaman is very important aspect of tourism. The cradle of the oldest civilizations in history, is among the most important provinces in Turkey from the aspect of tourism. Especially, on the Nemrut Mountain in Kahta District, the graves, temples and the statues of kings are extremely interesting for tourists.

Hasankeyf & Batman

Hasankeyf is an ancient town and district located along the Tigris River in the Batman Province in southeastern Turkey. It was declared a natural conservation area by Turkey in 1981. Hasankeyf is rich in history throughout the ages and thousands of caves exist in the cliffs that surround the city.
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